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Is Kirby’s Dream Collection worth $40? What do Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards’ hours suggest?

September 17, 2012

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Is Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition worth its asking price of $39.99? Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition released just yesterday for the Wii and includes 6 classic Kirby games, challenge stages from the Wii title Kirby’s Return to Dream Land (released just last year), a Kirby soundtrack CD, and a few other Kirby related items. The collection has a MSRP of $39.99, and received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is one of the 6 classic Kirby games in the Special Edition, and was originally released for the Nintendo 64 on June 26, 2000. The game was released again through the Wii’s Virtual Console service on February 25, 2008 and is available to download for 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10. The Crystal Shards received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB and has no content listed for parents and gamers to be aware of.

Have you purchased Kirby’s Dream Collection and wondering how many hours to expect from it? Maybe you haven’t bought Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition yet, but are curious as to how many hours you can expect from the Kirby games in it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at how many hours you can probably expect to get out of one Kirby game included in it, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards!

The Brew
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards now has 935,279 Total Hours of gameplay reported, from approximately 89,306 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel (older report here). The average play-time per day/session is 1 Hours 4 Minutes, with the overall reported average being 10 Hours 28 Minutes “Per person” as the image above shows.

The game has a “professional” review score average of 75.30%, based on 21 reviews on It has a customer review score average of 83.09%, based on 110 reviews from

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards’ U.S. Virtual Console release has made Nintenod about $893,060, just based on the $10 price point and the approximate number of Wii owners that have reported data since the game released.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have not played Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, though I am very interested in Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition that released yesterday. If you have never seen footage from Kirby’s Nintendo 64 game, or what games Kirby’s Dream Collection contains, the video below has trailers for both:

You can purchase Kirby 64 on your Wii for $10 from the Virtual Console, but if you get Kirby’s Dream Collection you get 6 Kirby games, so it’s like you are purchasing Kirby 64 for just $6.67. With The Crystal Shards having an average of more than 10 hours “Per person”, I think the new Special Edition with the other 5 Kirby games and bonus materials is well worth the asking price $39.99.

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Have any of you played Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and if so, what do you think about the game? Do you think it was a good choice to be included with Kirby’s Dream Collection?

If any of you bought Kirby’s Dream Collection yesterday (or today), have you had a chance to check it out yet?

If you are interested in Kirby 64 or Kirby’s Dream Collection, you can see links to the products on below:

Kirby Turns One, A Sibling Is Born – Unwinding, Before Moving Forward

October 29, 2011

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     Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released on October 17, 2010 for the Nintendo Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game took about 2-weeks for its game-play hours to show up on the Nintendo Channel, and I did its initial data report last November which you can read HERE.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn was developed by Good-Feel and HAL Laboratory, and published by Nintendo.  The game received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     Kirby’s Epic Yarn is barely a year old now and this past Monday, October 24, Nintendo released a new 2-D Kirby Wii game, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.  
     So, before we head into Kirby’s new Dream Land, how many hours Wii owners have spent with Kirby’s Epic Yarn over the last year?  Let’s unwind one more time and take a look!

How many characters from Kirby’s Epic Yarn can you spot in the image above?
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The Brew
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has about 135,945 Wii owners that have now reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 372 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 58 Minutes, which means each time Wii owners are sitting down to play Kirby’s Epic Yarn they spend about two hours playing the game.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has a “professional” review score average of 88.75%, based on 44 reviews on  The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on based on 160 customer reviews, which is 89.63% when they are converted to a 100% review scale.

Lots of 5 out of 5 Star customer reviews!

Filtered Thoughts
     Earlier this summer, Mrs. Coffee and I traded/loaned our neighbors Donkey Kong Country Returns for Kirby’s Epic Yarn(and I also got Wii Sports Resort).  Mrs. Coffee and I played through Kirby’s Epic Yarn cooperatively, and we enjoyed playing through the game together.  While we completed the game together and saw the credits roll, we didn’t go back and complete every single level that is unlocked through the campaign, cooperatively.  The game gives players an overall percentage “complete”, and Mrs. Coffee and I finished with more than 50% of the game “complete” when we saw the credits roll.
     We both thought the level designs improved the further we made it in the game, and Mrs. Coffee enjoyed the game so much that she started and completed her own save file in the game.  How much did Mrs. Coffee complete of Kirby’s Epic Yarn on her own save file?  The image below shows all of our percentages, with the top save file my own personal file(FAIL), the middle save file of 58% was our cooperative save file, and the third save file was Mrs. Coffee’s by herself:

     So, as the image above shows, you can probably expect between 7-10 hours of game-play to complete the game’s campaign with around 50% of it finished.  As Mrs. Coffee’s file shows, if you want to complete the game with 100% of the items found, and all of the levels completed, your hours can be a lot higher if you take your time and play through some of the levels multiple times.
     If you missed how Nintendo advertised Kirby’s Epic Yarn when it released last year, below is the television commercial for the game:

     Overall, I would recommend Kirby’s Epic Yarn to families that are looking for a fun 2-player 2-D platforming experience.

     Have any of you played Kirby’s Epic Yarn?  If so, do you know what percentage of the game you had completed when you saw the credits roll, and did you perhaps go back to try and complete it with 100% as Mrs. Coffee did?

If any of you are interested in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, you can see prices for it on and linked below.  Also, you can see Kirby’s newest Wii adventure below, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land:

>Time To Unwind! Kirby’s Epic Yarn Data Report

March 18, 2011


Coffee Beans:
     We last looked at a full data report for Kirby’s Epic Yarn from data that was recorded on December 6, you can read that full report HERE.
     Since my last report, Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released in Australia, and also in Europe.
     Also since the last report, Nintendo released a financial statement that showed Kirby’s Epic Yarn had sold 1.38 million copies by the end of December 2010.  Of the 1.38 million reported sold, approximately 900,000 of those units were sold “overseas”, being North America.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in Dream Land playing Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with 149 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has 83,036 Wii owners reporting their game-play data, through the Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players are reporting their play-time data for Kirby’s Epic Yarn since the December 2010 report?
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn has seen an increase of about 60,415 more players reporting game-play data, since December 6.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has 1,205,283 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 921,945 Total Hours in the last 99 days reported.
     The average play-time for K.E.Y. is now 14 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is 1 Hour 59 Minutes higher than its average in the December report.

     Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s average play-time per session is just over 2 Hours 4 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn’s sale rank is #255, and is currently selling for $39.54.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 1:15AM on 3-18-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn now has a “professional” review score average of 89.53%, based on 40 reviews on  This is a slight increase of .08%, over what the “professional” review score average was for the game in early December.

     Kirby’s Epic Yarn still has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, now based on 123 customer reviews.
     K.E.Y.’s customer review score average is 88.78%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.  You can see the breakdown of the customer reviews in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 1:15AM on 3-18-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     I still haven’t played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but our neighbors purchased it and as of 2 weeks ago they were playing through it.  I think we may do a trade, and exchange Donkey Kong Country Returns for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, just for a little while(neighbors, if you read this, let me know if/when you want to trade!).
     I didn’t recall hearing/seeing a commercial for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and when I searched for one when putting this post together, I found the video below as the only commercial for Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

     If you didn’t see the commercial, I think it’s actually pretty good.  After I watched it, I thought I remembered seeing it, but that would have been back in October probably when it was first uploaded.
     I’m not sure how long Nintendo ran that on television for the game, but I can definitely see that commercial catching a child’s attention, and/or couples with children.

     As for the reported game-play hours, I think seeing Kirby’s Epic Yarn already with more than a million “Total Hours” reported is really great for the game, especially when considering it released with so many other games during the holidays, and considering it doesn’t even have online multi-player or leaderboards of any sort.
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn was Kirby’s first console outing since the N64, and with the game selling more than a million copies relatively quickly, I hope it encourages Nintendo to revisit past games, and explore new ideas with them like they did with Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

     Have any of you played Kirby’s Epic Yarn since my last report in early December?  If so, what do you think of the game, good or bad?  If you haven’t played it, are you interested in playing the game?

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